About Discovery Studios

Established in 2007, Discovery Studios is a full-service production company owned by Discovery Communications that creates, develops, and produces high quality, innovative and inspiring content.  As one of the largest single producers of non-fiction programming for Discovery Communications’ Portfolio of Networks, Discovery Studios is poised to deliver more than 175 hours of captivating shows across multiple genres this year – from reality to lifestyle to adventure to automotive.

Discovery Communications is a global media company whose brands include Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet and Velocity as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the US, Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant premium sports and home of the Olympic Games across Europe.

The Executive Team

Marc Graboff
Marc Graboff
President, Global BLA, PMD & Studios

Marc Graboff, a 30-year media industry veteran, serves as President, Global Business & Legal Affairs, Production Management and Studios for Discovery Communications. Joining Discovery in March 2015, Graboff oversees the overall business affairs and production management strategies, with day-to-day oversight of matters relating to the acquisition, development and production of programming for all of Discovery’s networks and digital platforms globally. His responsibilities include management of the company’s global business & legal affairs and production management groups, the business and creative talent of Discovery Studios and oversight of the company’s production assets including being a board member of All3Media. Prior to joining Discovery, Graboff served as president of CORE Media Group, Inc. where he managed all strategic and day-to-day operations for the global music management and production company. Before his role at CORE Media Group, Graboff spent 15 years in leadership positions with NBC Universal. He also held executive positions at CBS, and the law firm of Troop, Meisinger, Steuber and Pasich, and was a founding partner of the firm of Silverberg, Katz, Thompson and Braun.

Marc Graboff
Sandy Varo Jarrell
Sandy Varo Jarrell
SVP, Discovery Studios

Sandy Varo Jarrell serves as the Senior Vice President of Discovery Studios overseeing all aspects of the production group including current production, business operations, and the development of new projects for Discovery’s portfolio of networks. Under Jarrell’s leadership, Discovery Studios has delivered a diverse slate of highly rated series, including Outdaughtered, Little People Big World, Alaska The Last Frontier, and Puppy Bowl. The group is currently producing 10 series and is slated to deliver over 175 hours of shows this year. Prior to Discovery Studios, Jarrell served as TLC’s Senior Vice President of West Coast Production and Development where she managed the strategic and creative direction of new and ongoing series such as Long Lost Family, My 600 lb. Life, Skin Tight, I Am Jazz, and Little People Big World. She’s also held executive positions at CBS and Lifetime, and had an extensive career as a freelance producer.

Sandy Varo Jarrell
Cindy Kain
Cindy Kain
VP, Current Series

Cindy Kain serves as Vice President of Current Series for Discovery Studios, joining the division in June, 2015. Kain oversees day-to-day programming efforts for such series as OutDaughtered (TLC), Little People Big World (TLC), The Little Couple (TLC), Puppy Bowl (Animal Planet), Wheeler Dealers (Velocity), Alien Sharks (Discovery Channel), and Meet the Putmans (TLC). Prior to her role, Kain served as an Executive Producer and Director at TLC, producing hundreds of hours of content and helped launch Long Lost Family, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, Gypsy Sisters and the franchise series, Police Women.

Cindy Kain
James Cox
James Cox
VP, Development

James Cox serves as Vice President of Development, overseeing the development, casting and creation of new projects for Discovery Communications’ portfolio of networks. With more than 20 years of experience in television production and development, he has generated over four-dozen projects, including several hit series such as the Travel Channel’s Insane Coaster Wars, America Declassified, World Access, and Bikinis & Boardwalks, Investigation Discovery’s Wives With Knives, 50 Way To Leave Your Lover, and Strange Criminal as well as LMN’s Monstresses, Campus Nightmares, and I Solved a Murder. Before joining Discovery, Cox has previously held development positions at Kaos Entertainment, GRB Entertainment, Indigo Films and E! Entertainment.

James Cox
Gregg Moscot
Gregg Moscot
VP, Production & Operations

Gregg Moscot serves as the Vice President of Production and Operations for Discovery Studios. In this role, Moscot is responsible for Studio Operations and Production Management of all pilot and series productions in the U.S. Prior to this role, he served as the Vice President of Production at ITV Studios America. Before transitioning to the corporate world, Gregg spent over 20 years freelancing in both scripted and unscripted television working for such companies as 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, The Carsey-Werner Company, Endemol, All3 Media, just to name a few.

Gregg Moscot
Katie Kennedy
Katie Kennedy
Sr. Director, Production Accounting & FP&A

Katie Kennedy is a six-year veteran of Discovery Studios, now serving as Senior Director, Production Accounting and FP&A for Discovery Studios.  She partners with senior management on the strategy and vision of the business along with preparing annual budgets, long range plans and forecasts in accordance with said strategy.  She also manages the Production Accounting team. Kennedy is responsible for implementation and admin of operational controls, functional processes and procedures required to grow the organization while being cost efficient. Prior to joining Discovery, she was a Production Accountant at Nickelodeon.

Katie Kennedy
Bill Josey
Bill Josey
SVP, Business & Legal Affairs

Bill Josey serves as Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, overseeing the business and legal affairs for Discovery Studios and directly managing Discovery Global Music Services and Discovery Access Footage groups. Over Josey’s nearly 40-year career in the television production and distribution industries, he has held a variety of business and legal affairs roles at ABC, PolyGram Television, Disney Channel, Lorimar, and Fox Television Studios. His most recent role prior to Discovery were General Counsel and head of business affairs at Saban Entertainment/Fox Family Worldwide followed by Tokyopop.

Bill Josey
Michael Turner
Michael Turner
VP, Business & Legal Affairs

A 12-year Discovery veteran, Michael A. Turner serves as Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs managing all aspects of business affairs and production legal for Discovery Studios and its slate of over 175 hours of programming.  Previously Michael has held positions at Travel Channel, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, ICM, and Universal Music Group.  He began his career at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson P.C. in New York City as a corporate attorney specializing in M&A transactions.

Michael Turner
Pamela Welch
Pamela Welch
Sr. Director, Development

As the Senior Director of Development for Discovery Studios, Pamela Welch focuses on the creation and development of new ideas for Discovery Communications’ portfolio of networks, including Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Alive With Magic (Animal Planet), Extreme Drug Smuggling (Discovery), Texas Trocas (Discovery en Espanol), Extreme I Do’s (TLC), Blackboard Wars (OWN) and Jersey on Ice (TLC). She is always looking for fresh concepts, original ideas, unique talent and interesting everyday people ready for television. She has risen through the ranks at Discovery, starting as an associate producer for Discovery Studios in 2008.

Pamela Welch
Adam Drucker
Adam Drucker
Sr. Director, Casting

Adam Drucker serves as the Senior Director of Casting for Discovery Studios where he oversees the casting and talent for all productions and development projects. He has had an expansive career in casting, production and development, holding a variety of roles with CBS, HBO, Bravo, A+E, NBC and ABC, among others. Drucker graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University.

Adam Drucker
Aurelien Leturgie
Aurelien Leturgie
Director of Development

Aurelien Leturgie is Director of Development at Discovery Studios. In this role, he is responsible for identifying trends, fresh formats, emerging talent and unique ideas to translate into successful programming. Leturgie has spent more than 15 years developing shows and producing pilots for major networks and production companies in the U.S. and Europe. Originally from Paris, Leturgie started his career in Miami working for a film studio before moving to Los Angeles to become a field producer on various shows for the Travel Channel and TLC. In 2011, he joined ITV Studios’ creative team and began developing television formats and docu-series for cable networks in the U.S. Leturgie has sold various shows and presentation pilots to networks such as E! Entertainment and VH1 and has developed dozens of docu-series and formats for Discovery’s broad range of networks.

Aurelien Leturgie
Ethan Dietrich
Ethan Dietrich
Director, Business & Legal Affairs

Ethan Dietrich serves as Director of Business & Legal Affairs for Discovery Studios.  In this role, he provides business and production legal support for a robust amount of programming, spanning from development to current on-air series. Prior to Discovery Studios, he worked with the Angel City Factory production company, The Steenveld Firm, a boutique entertainment law firm, and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Prior to his work in the entertainment industry, he was a biomedical researcher and pharmaceutical engineer.

Ethan Dietrich
Nichole Patterson
Nichole Patterson
HR Business Partner

Nichole Patterson serves as the Human Resources Business Partner for Discovery Studios. She serves as a strategic partner to implement organizational and people-focused initiatives. She provides guidance on global recruitment efforts and serves as a consultant for the freelance production staff on HR related matters. Prior to her position at Discovery, Patterson had extensive entertainment experience managing HR functions and client groups for Saban Brands, DreamWorks Animation and ESPN.

Nichole Patterson
Beth Linden
Beth Linden
Director, Production & Operations

Beth Linden serves as the Director of Production & Operations for Discovery Studios. In her role, she manages all studio policies, procedures, internal communications, and facilities management. She also oversees all event planning for both the east and west coast teams. Prior to joining Discovery Studios in 2008, she worked in production on feature films for DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Bros. Pictures. Linden is a graduate of Ithaca College and lives in Los Angeles.

Beth Linden
Rick Shirey
Rick Shirey
Director of Post Production

Rick Shirey currently serves as the Director of Post Production for Discovery Studios, where he is responsible for managing the post production work flow and post staff for all of Discovery Studios programming. Over the course of his career, Shirey has worked in numerous post-production roles for a variety of production companies including Stiletto Television, MTV and Eyeworks USA/3Ball Productions.

Rick Shirey

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Discovery Studios has offices in Los Angeles and Silver Spring, MD, the Discovery Communications’ global headquarters.

West Coast Office

West Coast Office

6060 Center Dr. 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045

424.732.6769

East Coast Office

8045 Kennett St.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

240.662.4533
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Christina Scripps

Director of Communications
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